BIG Music News: Bonnie Tyler, Boy George

BONNIE TYLER:  "Eclipse" sales have exploded this week

Decades after her moment of fame in the 1980s, Bonnie Tyler is having a windfall, thanks to today's rare astronomical phenomenon. The Welsh hit-maker will perform "Total Eclipse of the Heart" aboard the Total Eclipse Cruise today. And sales of her song have gone through the roof!

This week's digital downloads of "Total Eclipse" are nearly six times greater than last week's. And the pace is accelerating -- sales Sunday (4,000) were double the numbers on Saturday!

"Total of the Eclipse of the Heart" was written and produced by Meat Loaf mastermind Jim Steinman. (Billboard)

BOY GEORGE:  New record deal

Boy George has officially signed as a solo artist with BMG Music. His first project for the Germany-based music giant will be an album of covers.

He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I always do covers in my set anyway... It's quite fun to jump into other people's songs." He's also a big fan of David Bowie's 1970s covers collection, Pin-Ups.

A new Culture Club album is also in the works for another label.

If that's not enough, he's also in talks for a Las Vegas residency. He jokes that he'd model it after the shows staged there by Cher: "Because she changes outfits every 11 minutes!... I think that might be a good starting point."

The flamboyant singer says he owes his professional resurgence to his sobriety. "For the last couple of years I've been excited about what I'm doing. I suppose I've come back home through my troubles to quite a positive place, and I'm just happy. From having a coffee in Starbucks to signing a record deal, it's all great."

MORE BIG MUSIC NEW S HEADLINES:  August 22nd

Aretha Franklin will perform at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on October 13th. This should come as especially good news, in light of her having canceled several dates since performing in the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend back in June.

Bonnie Tyler joined forces with Joe Jonas and his band DNCE to perform "Total Eclipse of the Heart" aboard a cruise ship during the solar eclipse today. To synch with the moon’s progress across the sun, they shortened the song to 2:40.

It was a strong final week on Broadway for On Your Feet! The Gloria and Emilio Estefan bio musical played to 90 percent capacity in the final eight performances of a nearly two-year New York run. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical played to 80 percent capacity, as it approaches its fourth anniversary this November.

Gary Lewis wrote on Facebook, “I would like to thank everybody for their condolences at the passing of my dad. The notes are very heartfelt, and kind. God bless all of you!”

Brian May will be back in the U.S. on Thursday, signing copies of Queen in 3-D at Book Soup in West Hollywood, California.

Dave Davies of The Kinks says Jerry Lewis “brought me a lot of happiness when I was growing up. He really helped me in different phases of my life to not take myself so seriously. The Nutty Professor and King of Comedyare my two favorite Jerry Lewis films. A comic genius and wonderful actor.” Steve Van Zandt calls Lewis the “greatest” and “so important to our generation and the history of comedy.”

The Doobie Brothers will headline the We Are One charity concert October 3rd at the Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Also on the bill are David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos. The event benefits the Playing for Change Foundation.

The Eagles will now play two concerts in Atlanta: October 20th and 21st.

Gregg Allman’s son Devon Allman will honor his dad with a performance at the Laid Back Festival, which Gregg created, on October 14th in Atlanta. Backed by his father’s band, Devon will play Gregg’s final studio album, Southern Blood, in its entirety. Gregg’s last concert was in Atlanta for Laid Back 2016.

Paul Rodgers has announced a handful of solo shows before Bad Company performs in late October and early November. The shows are in New Mexico, Kentucky, Canada and Washington. 

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